Roman Martyrology-September 15th- on this date in various years-
The Octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The feast of the Seven Sorrows of the same most Blessed Virgin Mary.
At Rome, on the Via Nomentana, the birthday of blessed Nicomedes, priest and martyr. Because he said to those who would compel him to sacrifice: “I offer sacrifice only to the omnipotent God who reigneth in heaven,” he was for a long time scourged with leaded whips, and thus passed to the Lord.
At Cordova in Spain, the holy martyrs Emilas, deacon, and Jeremias, who ended their martyrdom in the persecution of the Arabs by being beheaded after a long stay in prision.
In the diocese of Chalons, St. Valerian, martyr, who was suspended on high by the governor Priscus, and tortured with iron hooks. Remaining immovable in the confession of Christ, and continuing joyfully to praise him, he was struck with the sword by order of the same magistrate.
At Adrianople in Thrace, the holy martyrs Maximus, Theodore, and Asclepiodotus, who were crowned under Emperor Maximian.
Also, St. Porphyry, a comedian, who was baptized in jest in the presence of Julian the Apostate, but was suddenly converted by the power of God and declared himself a Christian. By order of the emperor he was thereupon struck with an axe, and thus crowned with martyrdom.
On the same day, St. Nicetas, a Goth, who was burned alive for the Catholic faith by order of King Athanaric.
At Marcianapolis in Thrace, St. Melitina, a martyr, in the time of Emperor Antoninus and the governor Antiochus. She was twice led to the temples of the heathens, and since the idols fell to the ground each time, she was hanged and torn, and finally beheaded.
At Toul in France, St. Aper, bishop.
Also, St. Leobinus, bishop of Chartres.
At Lyons in France, St. Albinus, bishop.
On the same day, the death of St. Aichard, abbot.
In France, St. Eutropia, widow.
In Genoa, St. Catherine, a widow, renowned for her contempt of the world and her love of God.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.